CZAP Publications

  • Bendrey, R., Richardson, A., Elliott, S. & Whitlam, J. 2014. Environmental archaeologies of Neolithisation: Europe, Environmental Archaeology Special Issue 19:3, 181-183, DOI: 10.1179/1749631414Y.0000000038
  • Bendrey, R., Richardson, A., Elliott, S. & Whitlam, J. 2015. Environmental archaeologies of Neolithisation: Old World case studies, Environmental Archaeology Special Issue 20:3, 221-224, DOI: 10.1179/1749631415Y.0000000020
  • Bendrey, R., Whitlam, J., Elliott, S., Aziz, K.R., Matthews, R. & Matthews, W. 2016. ‘Seasonal rhythms’ of a rural Kurdish village: ethnozooarchaeological research in Bestansur, Iraq. In L.G. Broderick (ed.) People with Animals: Perspectives & Studies in Ethnozooarchaeology. Oxford: Oxbow Books, 42-56.
  • Elliott, S., Bendrey, R., Whitlam, J., Rauf Aziz, K. & Evans, J. 2015. Preliminary ethnoarchaeological research on modern animal husbandry in Bestansur, Iraqi Kurdistan: Integrating animal, plant and environmental data. Environmental Archaeology Special Issue 20:3, 283-303, DOI: 10.1179/1749631414Y.0000000025
  • Flohr, P., Fleitmann, D., Zorita, E., Sadekov, A., Cheng, H., Bosomworth, M., Edwards, L., Matthews, W. and Matthews, R. (2017) Late Holocene droughts in the Fertile Crescent recorded in a speleothem from northern Iraq. Geophysical Research Letters, 44:3, 1528­-1536. doi: DOI: 10.1002/2016GL071786
  • Fournié, G., Pfeiffer, D.U. & Bendrey, R. 2017. Early animal farming and zoonotic disease dynamics: modelling brucellosis transmission in Neolithic goat populations. Royal Society Open Science 4, 160943, DOI: 10.1098/rsos.160943
  • Godleman, J., Almond, M.J. & Matthews, W. 2016. An infrared microspectroscopic study of plasters and pigments from the Neolithic site of Bestansur, Iraq. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 7, 195-204, DOI:10.1016/j.jasrep.2016.04.013
  • Iversen, I. 2015. The molluscs of Bestansur, Iraqi Kurdistan: A case study of Early Holocene Helix salomonica exploitation in the Zagros. Environmental archaeologies of Neolithisation: Old World case studies. Environmental Archaeology Special Issue 20:3, 239-250, DOI:10.1179/1749631415Y.0000000023
  • Matthews, W. 2016. Humans and fire: changing relations in early agricultural and built environments in the Zagros, Iran, Iraq. The Anthropocene Review 3:2, 1-33. DOI: 10.1177/2053019616636134
  • Matthews, R., Mohammadifar, Y., Matthews, W. & Motarjem, A. 2010. Investigating the Early Neolithic of Western Iran: the Central Zagros Archaeological Project (CZAP). Antiquity,
  • Matthews, R., Matthews, W. & Mohammadifar, Y. (eds). 2013. The Earliest Neolithic of Iran: 2008 Excavations at Sheikh-E Abad and Jani. CZAP Reports Vol. 1. Oxford: Oxbow Books and British Institute for Persian Studies.
  • Matthews, R. & Fazeli, H. (eds). 2013. The Neolithisation of Iran. Oxbow Books and BANEA.
  • Matthews, R., Matthews, W., Raheem, K.R. & Aziz, K.R. 2016. Current Investigations into the Early Neolithic of the Zagros Foothills of Iraqi Kurdistan. In K. Kopanias and J. MacGinnis (eds). The Archaeology of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and Adjacent Regions. Oxford: Archaeopress, 219-28. Available here.
  • Matthews, R., Richardson, A. & Maeda, O. 2018. Behind all those Stones: Activity and Society in the Pre-Pottery Neolithic of the Eastern Fertile Crescent. Proceedings of the 11th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, University of Vienna. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.
  • Richardson, A. 2014. Early clay technologies: studies in Early Neolithic clay usage from the Central Zagros. In Proceedings of the 8th ICAANE, Vol. 1. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 41-53.
  • Richardson, A. 2018. Neolithic materials and materiality in the foothills of the Zagros Mountains. In T. Pereira (ed). Raw Materials 2016. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars.
  • Richardson, A. 2018. Pre‐Pottery Clay Innovation in the Zagros Foothills. Oxford Journal of Archaeology. DOI: 10.1111/ojoa.12155
  • Whitlam, J., Bogaard, A., Matthews, R., Matthews, W., Mohammadifar, Y., Ilkhani, H. and Charles, M. 2018. Pre-agricultural plant management in the uplands of the central Zagros: the archaeobotanical evidence from Sheikh-e Abad. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany 27, 817-831. DOI: 10.1007/s00334-018-0675-x

CZAP Doctoral Theses

  • Elliott, S. 2016. Investigating early animal management in the Zagros mountains of Iran and Iraq: integrating field and laboratory methods for the identification and analysis of ancient faecal material. University of Reading.
  • Iversen, I. 2016. Living in an Early Neolithic community: investigation of the social structure of settlement by microartefactual analysis of spatial organisation of activities at Bestansur, Central Zagros and Boncuklu, Central Anatolia. University of Reading.
  • Mudd, D. 2017. Ground Stone Assemblage from Bestansur, Iraqi Kurdistan: Economic and Social Implications. University of Reading.
  • Whitlam, J.T. 2015. Plant use and neolithic societies of the eastern Fertile Crescent c. 10,000 - 5500 BC. University of Reading.

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